What are you waiting for? || it’s time for a random post

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.”

More than those who wait for the morning! :) “Wait” tends to be a bad word, doesn’t it? It’s definitely not the easiest thing to do! Most all of us are waiting for something and in all honesty waiting doesn’t come naturally to me [I prefer moving full force forward with enough energy to move a mountain! ;]  So, what are you waiting for? :) We so often turn our affections [or waiting] toward things, seasons of life, or people and those things we wait for we tend to put our hope in[Matt 6:21].  If you skip over to the Webster’s dictionary you will find 2 very beautiful definitions to the word “wait”. 1.) to remain in a state in which you expect or hope and 2.) to serve, to attend as a servant. :) Quite beautiful definitions aren’t they?! So, what are you waiting for? :) Who are you placing your hope in? Who are you truly serving? I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. There is a need to daily set our affection[at least for me there is;], our hope, our sight on the Lord and wait on[serve] Him. In God’s Word, the promises for those who wait on HIM are abundant! Read PS 130:5, IS 40:31, LAM 3:25, MICAH 7:7, PS 100:2-3 So, today I want to encourage y’all to wait on[serve] the Lord wholeheartedly! :) I am reminded of that beautiful verse in Matthew 6, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthains 15:58

I was scrolling through my blog and rather surprised to see it had been well over a month since my last random post! Yep, time has gotten away from me. ;) So, how about a random iPhone picture post[with a few camera pictures too]? :) Fall is starting to really show itself here in Texas! Days no hotter than 82°[I know, cold isn't it?! ;] and nights that are “chilly”, eggnog is now offered at the grocery store and[yes!] I have had my first homemade eggnog latte of the season!! Leaves crunch underfoot and slight shades of gold and red can be spotted in the trees…. Have I told y’all I LOVE fall?!? ;) Life has been busy here as work keeps me moving. God has been gracious to give us work to put our hands to and to give me time for autumn walks with the little people, choir practice with my sisters, baking, and birthday celebrations! God is good, always! OH! and my dashing brother, Abel picked me a “fall foliage” bouquet that has adorned the counter-top ever so exquisitely! Thank you Abel. :) So, enjoy the completely random photos!

 Forgive the lack of alignment. Working on fixing that soon! ;)

 

In My Weakness by Soundforth Singers & Orchestra on Grooveshark

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The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25-26

Happiest of birthdays to….

Drum roll please…. It just happens to be one of the best days in the entire year…. My mom is an organizer of all things clutter, she can [and does!] teach 8+ children at once while catering to each child’s individual needs, she keeps a large household running smoothly, she is a master seamstress, makes the world’s best chocolate cake and a fantastic lasagna, never lets the laundry go unattended[HUGE feat for our family!], and her fitted sheet folding skills are BEYOND impressive[>>click here<< let's just say I have a lot to learn! ;]  AND today is her BIRTHDAY! Happiest of birthdays to the world’s BEST mom. :) ♥ We are so thankful for you!!! Looking forward to all the Lord has in store for you in the years ahead and blessed to have you as my mother!!

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.”
Proverbs 31:27-29

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“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

If I take the wings of the morning…

If I Flee On Morning Wings by Fernando Ortega on GroovesharkProcessed with VSCOcam with g3 preset

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

Psalm 137:7-12

13 candles….

Drum roll pleeeeeassssse…… HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUTH!!!!! Today this extremely lovely lady turns 13!! No longer a kiddo and I can’t call her a “little person” anymore. :'( ;) This is a gal with too many talents to list! Chick hatcher, dog trainer, best ever Banana Bread baker, master artist, and her ability to retain random facts is unbelievable! Ruth is always ready to lend a helping hand, she can often be found watering plants, pruning bushes, collecting eggs, or high in a tree reading! Her wit and sense of humor are beyond exhilarating and she is always ready and willing to have a grand conversation. So you all may be wondering what the future holds for this beauty! Well, Ruth has made her future plans extremely clear… but… since I have vowed not to embarrass her in this birthday post I will say no more[As much as I REALLY want to]! ;) Whatever the days ahead may hold(Nova Scotia breeder husband or not ;) I pray the Lord directs your steps as you trust in Him[Prov 3:5-6]. So, without further ado, Happy birthday Ruth! So blessed to have you as my sister. May your birthday be filled to overflowing with goodness and all the years to follow be abundantly blessed!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

Ruth 1 || Shiloh Photography Ruth || Shiloh Photography Ruth 3 || Shiloh Photography Ruth 8 || Shiloh Photography Ruth 7 || Shiloh PhotographyRuth 5 || Shiloh Photography The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

 

The magic number is 3 || Happy Birthday Emmi!

Emmaus turns 3 today!! :) Spunky & super sweet, this little girl loves all things hoarse and cowboys. She requested a Shetland pony for her birthday but we soon came to the realization that she may be better suited on a mustang! ;) When not helping make a salad for dinner or racing her bike outside with her brothers or chasing the chickens & dog, she can often be found galloping her “wild stallion” through the kitchen singing “Happy Trails” [which gives away the fact she kinda a huge fan of Roy Rogers ;]! Emmi was the first baby born to my parents with a full head of hair and she is officially the only one in the family to have hair all the way down her back by 3[quite miraculous for a Leake!;)] She prefers oatmeal for breakfast and ice cream cones are a MUST for desserts…. and sleeping is not her favorite! Yep, it takes “all hands on deck” to keep up with this girl. ;) Energetic doesn’t even accurately describe her! So to the world’s cutest cowgirl with the biggest smile, Happy  BIRTHDAY!  So thankful for the spunk you add to my life. :) Last two pictures were requested by the birthday girl herself. Needless to say she loves Dash[the dog] and JuJuBee[the cat] ;)!

 

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The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

FALL || WINTER Collection

I had too much fun photographing the Fall || Winter collection for Garlands of Grace and am so thankful the Lord allowed everything to come together! A few thousand pictures, lots of design work on Micah’s end, and several hours of computer work later, the new line has launched.  :) Hop over and take a look GarlandsofGrace.comGarlands of Grace headcoverings-086

“For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

Is 55:12

Before the night is gone I want to wish you all…

A very happy National Coffee Day! ;)

I break randomly from late-night lightroom photo-editing to wish y’all a very happy national coffee day. [; Coffee preference: very hot and as black as I can get it! ;) How about you? Have a fantastic day everybody!

 

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.”
Psalm 68:19

Happy Fall Y’all!! :)

It’s officially fall!!!! I know, I’m a few days late posting this due to a quick trip up north [which allowed me to enjoy the first few days of fall in the Midwest] but I couldn’t let the week pass without a spontaneous “hello” to one of my favorite seasons! :) Beyond excited to welcome the golden leaves, warm sweaters, brisk morning walks, rather extensive assortment of everything pumpkin in the baking realm, hot chocolate, and all the beauty this God-given season entails! Hello fall, so so very glad you are here. Please stay… FOREVER! ;) May your leaves be ever so golden, mornings brilliantly brisk, and fall extremely blessed! (;

And to welcome in the new season, I celebrated with a pumpkin spice latte this morning! There is always a reason to celebrate in my opinion. ;)
Pumpkin Spice Shiloh Photogrpahy

“O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.”
Psalm 96:1-4

 

PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE COOKIES WITH CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!

Y’all! Fall is 19 short hours away and I am beyond excited. :) To celebrate the up and coming season, I concocted a pumpkin recipe! ;) Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting… dangerously delicious but completely worth the risk. ;) Hop over to my cooking blog for the recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin spice Latte cookies Granola Girl Bakes

How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭103‬

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me…

 

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“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
PSALM 138:8

 

The Lord is slow to anger and great in power || an extremely random post :)

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
Nahum 1:3

Nahum 1:3! I love that verse and it  has been on my mind lately[well, for quite some time actually :]. Can’t help but think of this verse when I go outside and look up at the beautiful clouds that fill the blue skies! :) But it is the first part that has encouraged me as of late, “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power”.  I have been reading through Exodus and, as always, I am struck by how often the children of Israel provoked the Lord with their grumbling, doubt, lack of faith, & fear yet He was slow to anger. They doubted His power yet He continued to show himself powerful! I read Psalm 78 and was humbled by verses 41, “Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” How often do we doubt the power of our God? How often do we complain against His perfect way or lack faith as we set our eyes on the waves taking our gaze off our Savior[Matt 8:26]? I am so thankful His is slow to anger, aren’t you?! :) He is a God of mercy, He is faithful, He is compassionate, and, yes, His mercies are new EVERY SINGLE MORNING[Lam 3:22-23]. What grace! “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.” :] I have been reminded so often lately that there is absolutely nothing impossible with our God. He is the same God of the old & new testament and just as He parted the red sea, healed the sick, or raised the dead to life, He still can  and will make the impossible possible. Don’t put limits on God for there is absolutely nothing impossible with Him[Matt 19:26]! Trust in the Lord & hope in His mercy. :) 

“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.”
Psalm 147:11

Well,  blogging hasn’t been the easiest thing to do as of late. :) I have opened my laptop a dozen times to post but then closed it finding time and energy were lacking! My evening hours in which I usually catch up on emails or blogging have been temporarily taken by practice for the choir a few siblings and I joined! It has been a wonderfully fun new venture in which I am constantly being humbled by my inability to sing in tune. ;] But I hear being humbled is a good thing and will lean into the pain…. Lord willing, those [not-so] high notes will sound a bit more angelic as the days go on and not so much like a dying moose. ;) Besides choir practice, life has been filled full of the blessings of work & home life that I am so thankful for, vacation prep [that abruptly changed to a stay-cation which was extremely enjoyable], and lots of randomness in between! And here we are, at the end of summer and we had our first fallish day today here in Texas. For a girl who spent the first 23 years of her life living in Missouri, I am still getting used to not having the beauty of fall show itself in Texas until mid-November. Y’all can imagine, I was super excited to have the cool day today and RAIN! :) But I will be sad to summer go too. So much to be thankful for this summer…. So, it’s time to blog some pictures, don’t you think? :) Lots of randomness, breakfast out with my family, puddle jumping and piggy-back rides with Bekah & Emmi, product photoshoots and packaging order, dapper fellows “rougin’ it” in the back yard, and so much more. :)  This post is about a random as random gets. ;) Have a wonderful Sunday y’all!!

As always, hover for descriptions and enjoy! :)
How Deep by Galkin Evangelistic Team on Grooveshark

9.13 SP Abel

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.”
Psalm 34:1-2

To Ruth with ♡ || Video

Dear Ruth,♡

You did it!! 25+ days of toil, labor, and[yes] even a few tears. Many hours of research and diligent planning on your behalf as you collected the eggs from the hen-house and figured out whether you had yokers, quitters, or winners[and only thanks to you I now know what those three terms mean ;] and even hand turning the eggs when it was time to take the first round of little peeps off their turner! :) And then it happened, on the 23rd day when you had almost lost all hope of any hatchlings, there was a peep from the incubator as the first chick bravely ventured out of its shell! Then came another and within approximately 24 hours, you had a beautiful trio. ;) You have left this non-farmin’ sister quite astonished by your vast knowledge of the chick world! Congratulation on those little puff-balls of cuteness!!… I feel very much like a proud aunt. ;D So, without further ado, a video for you! ;)

Peeps from Shiloh Photography on Vimeo.

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What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:4-9

In Him was life; and the life was the light of men….

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John 1:9-13

Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts by Red Mountain Church on Grooveshark
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And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

Happiest of Birthdays to my favorite 6 year old! :)

Can it really and truly be true?! I must have blinked because I still remember the day this blue-eyed beauty was born… just like it was yesterday. ;) Today Rebekah turns 6 years-old! If ever you need somebody to talk to you, or paint your nails, or pick out your outfit, Bekah is more than willing to do the job! Her taste is impeccable and she always find a new twist on an old outfit. Despite her fashionista qualities, she also can be found outside climbing trees or riding her bike or collecting eggs from the hen-house. She is definitely not afraid to get her hands dirty when necessary! On top of all that, she has been my right-hand dinner-prep helper since she was 2 and can practically put together a dinner from start to finish by herself [with the assistance and supervision of an adult of course! ;] And -believe it or not- her favorite vegetable is Brussels sprouts! How’s that for unbelievable?! :)

Future plans for this girl? Well, she has quite a few options/ideas but she’s pretty set on  getting married at the ripe young age of 16{because she says that’s a good age to get married} having 20 “babies”{and yes, she already has all their names picked out}, and starting an orphanage! Because you can never have too many babies! ;) Time will tell what the Lord’s plans are for this happy little lady but for now life is all the sweeter with her in my life and I am truly blessed by the Lord to have her as my sister. Happiest of birthday’s to my favorite 6 year-old! :)

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

Forgive the photo-overload… we had too much fun during her photoshoot! ;)Bekah turns 6 || Shiloh Photography 3  Bekah turns 6 || Shiloh Photography 1

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“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30

Blueberry Custard Pie with Pecan Crumb! || Recipe

Y’all, there is a new recipe on my cooking blog tonight! In honor of my favorite fruit and the fact blueberry season comes but once a year ;), I baked a Blueberry Custard Pie with Pecan Crumb topping today. :) Super simple and delightfully delicious! If you’re a blueberry fan like me, you will love this pie!

Blueberry Custard Pie with Pecan Crumb on the cooking blog!

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O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
Psalm 34:8-10

Grace || Birthday Pictures

Y’all, it’s what you have been waiting for for over a week. ;) :) Since my sister Grace requested a rain-check on her birthday pictures due to a busy work schedule and little sleep[or at least that is the excuse she gave ;], I gave her ample time to catch up on her beauty sleep and then demanded tonight be the night! :) Irresistibly cute smile, style that is classy, and those moccasins!! Pretty picture perfect if you ask me! So, without further ado, Grace’s birthday pictures[1 week late]. Because a birthday should be celebrated for at least a week, Happy 20th Birthday week Grace!  :]

“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God”
Psalms 146:5

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“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Jeremiah 17:7

The servant is not greater than his Lord || random thought :)

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
John 13:16

Last Sunday my Dad read from John 13 where Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. Beautiful portion of scripture, isn’t it?! I instantly thought of Philippians 2:8, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” The LORD Jesus Christ humbled himself, became obedient unto death, coming to earth, washing the feet of His disciples, laying down His life for the sinner and we are called to imitate Him[Eph 5:1-2]. For we are not greater than our Lord and if He came in humility to serve and lay down His life, we are called to do the same! So whether your act of service for today happens to be cleaning peanut butter & jelly finger prints off the wall ;] or literally giving your life to save another, remember “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord“[Col 2:23-24]. :) With God there are no “greater” or “best” ranks among His chosen people, we are all bond servants[Rom 6:15-23] of the King. There is truly no greater or more beautiful a title! :] A random thought from my very random mind. ;)

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:25-28

 

Shiloh Photography Sunset“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
Ephesians 5:1-2

 

Barn Love ♥

Oh me, oh my! Barns, I absolutely love them. :) Something about seeing an old barn that just makes me happy! Wouldn’t it be grand to live in one?!! [:  About this time of year I start day-dreaming of road trips just to tour old barns. An east-coast road trip during autumn, driving through the farm land, taking in the fall foliage & the crisp air that accompanies it, and hunting down old barns is on my "one-day some-day SOON!!" To-do list. ;] But until then, I will just admire barns from my computer screen. So, how about a little bit of barn happiness tonight?!! ;) Happy Saturday, y’all!

Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:
So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.
My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Proverbs 3:9-12

 

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

Don’t forget to smile :)

“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever”
Psalms 146:5-6

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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it
Psalms 118:24

Y’all, it’s official!!

Y’all, it’s official!!!!!  No longer a teenager and officially past all the stereotypes that come along with that title, Grace turns 20 today!!!! :D Of course, Grace was born ready to conquer the world and never did fit into the “teenager” stereotype anyway. She was dubbed the “world’s most intelligent baby!” at birth, at 2 she had conquered coloring in the lines, when she was 6 she was sculpting the cutest clay miniatures, by 10 she took it upon herself to pick up our mom’s point-and-shoot and outgrown clothing items to sell on ebay[which went over famously!], and then traded in the ebay business for a bootie[<-baby shoes] factory at 14. ;) God has definitely gifted her with hyper artistic entrepreneurialism . ;) But don’t let her résumé fool you, she’s extremely domestic too! Let’s just say her luscious homemade chocolate bunt cake[from scratch!!!!] will leave you wondering if there is anything she can’t do….! ;) Besides bootie designing and bunt making, Grace can be found enjoying long walks[barefoot mind you, 'cause shes all about earthing ;], keeping up with business social networking & marketing, and documenting our life via her iphone. ;) Let’s just say there has been quite a life wrapped up into these 20 years AND, Lord willing, she has much more to live!! I am so thankful the Lord has given us Grace and super excited to see what the future holds as He directs her steps. AND TODAY is her BIRTHDAY[Que virtual confetti and applause]!!!! Happy birthday to my most beautiful(and hardest working) 20 year old sister!! May the years to come be fuller than those which have passed and may all your bunt cakes be delightfully scrumptious! ;)

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,
And fulfill all your purpose.
Psalm 20:4

So, y’all are most likely wondering why in the world I chose office[excuse mess, work in progress! ;] photos for her birthday post!?!! Well, you see, we have had quite an extreme[which might be putting it lightly ;] load of work this past week and Grace kindly requested we postpone birthday photos until she is able to get a solid 8 hours of sleep in and curl her hair! So, she will have 2 posts, one with glamorized photos at a later date! Until then, leave a “Happy Birthday” comment below and make her day! :) :)

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Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 31:30-31

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope…

During this strenuously busy week[or month ;], when my strength seems nonexistent(and really, apart from Christ it is nonexistent!) and patience at times is tried,  I rejoice in those beautiful verses found in Lamentations 3. So, I leave y’all with the verses God put on my heart as I took 10 minutes to breath and soak up the glorious God-given sunset tonight. God’s creation at its finest- an iphone sunset straight from the heart of Texas! ;) Hope in the Lord, His promises are true and grace sufficient no matter what may come your way! (:

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“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentations 3:21-26

Happy Little Gardener :)

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For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Isaiah 55:10-12


‘*Candles*’

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
Psalm 31:19

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“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9

Happy Happy Happy…..

Happy Happy Happy BIRTHDAY DAD!

That’s right y’all! It’s the greatest day of the entire year…. :D It’s my Dad’s birthday! Though I am pretty sure I could write a sonnet about my Dad, words really aren’t adequate to describe him, or how thankful we are for the years the Lord has given him, or how much he daily sacrifices for his family! And though I could post a single picture, I think a dozen or so would be more fitting! ;] I will leave you with the top 10 facts about my dad & picture to prove it! Druuuummmm roll pleeeeaaaassssssee…..

  1. Today, officially twice my age!!! From what I hear, it’s all down hill[in a good way!] from here!! :)
  2. professional second generation seamster[in case y’all didn’t know, that’s the male version of a seamstress. ;) ]
  3. Maintainer of household sanity!!
  4. World’s greatest grill master! Seriously, nobody does it better! [4.5. He also makes fudge beyond describing. DELICIOUS!]
  5. Expert “Big family problem” solver… not going to go into detail but if you’re part of a big family, you know EXACTLY what I mean! ;D
  6. He has the most spectacular sense of humor and a fantastic way of keeping things extremely lively & us on our toes!
  7. He gets more and more handsome as the years go on. SERIOUSLY! Hard to believe but its TRUE!! It must be all us kids keeping him looking so young!?!! ;)
  8. Professional mover. Truth! He has moved more times than I can count and about 15 times in the last 25 years. Pretty sure his ancestors were gypsies! ;)
  9. He’s a Texan at heart and will always be!
  10. Builds the most fantastic chicken coops[it's like a penthouse... for a chicken ;]!
  11. World’s greatest DAD EVER!!!!!!! [okay, so 11 facts. Not 10 ;)!]

Happy happy Birthday Dad! We are all so blessed by you and thankful for the life the Lord has given you and the daily sacrifice you make. Can’t wait to see what the next 50 hold! :D

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26

Dad's bday -2

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish….”
Psalm 1

 

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Joel!!!

Dear Joel,

Seeing today is your BIRTHDAY I am making it my goal NOT to embarrass you in this post. :D  And seeing I am thoughtful like that, I definitely won’t bring up your ability to make an exquisite cup of coffee/latte & these outrageously delicious triple chocolate cookies! I will refrain from telling how you just happen to be an extreme outdoors man & pretty experienced in the fishing/hunting realm[camo is definitely your color!;)] I will leave out the fact you have so valiantly protected me from the ravenous squirrels that conspire to do me harm during my morning walk[let's just say he has a few recipes for squirrel soup he would be willing to share if y'all are interested ;]! ;D I would love to mention how you eat ghost pepper salsa without breaking a sweat, your always ready and willing to lend a hand where its needed, and  that your constantly thinking about the needs of those around you before yourself, showing yourself chivalrous beyond measure… but I will refrain! ;) Plus, on top of all that, you are a budding[would you call a guy "a budding"?? ] photographer and make a fantastic second-shooter at weddings! :D And I will leave out that part about taking applications for future-sister-in-laws… though I always welcome applications and do request a small donation be made upon applying. ;]  So, since I am trying my hardest not to cause you to turn 15 shades of red from embarrassment , I will just wish my sweetest, handsomest, hardest working 15 year-old brother a tremendously HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :) Blessed constantly by you. So thankful your my brother and IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY. May the Lord richly bless you today and all the days of your life!  :)

Much love,
Rachel
P.S. watch out, insanity is contagious! ;)

May you have hunter’s luck
to shoot a mighty eight point buck
when luck like this is in the bag
You’ll have reason then to brag ;)

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

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Shiloh Photography ||  Joel-09

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper….”
Psalm 1

The glory of man as the flower….

Flowers ShilohPhotography 7.18

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:but the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
1 Peter 1:23-25