Wednesday’s What’s NEW with YOU? (a tagging experience)


I’m SO happy that The Travel Lady In Her Shoes joined in the WHAT’S NEW tagging experience! If you haven’t checked out her site, please do! Fabulous site!  She introduced us to Georgie Moon’s site Third Time Lucky.  I have to say, this is EXACTLY why I wanted to do this tagging “experience”!!! What’s better than getting introduced to a NEW site that I can follow, about a gal living on a yacht in Greece and apparently loves photography as much as I do?!?  Nothing is better!  Thank you Travel Lady In Her Shoes! (We all hope you feel better soon!)

Here’s my WHAT’S NEW tag:  Laurie, at Pride in Photographs has started something NEW.  She’s started/added a YouTube channel to her busy life.  Check out her site – I enjoy following her creative photography!

Alright (everyone else! :o)…What’s NEW with YOU? Please know, you don’t have to be personally invited to join in!  Anyone can play – the more introductions, the better. Have a great day!


I’ve decided I’ll post a tagging experience every Wednesday, because I’d like to hear more about ‘What’s NEW with YOU’! I get to learn what’s NEW from sites I follow, but I’d like to know something NEW from other people who YOU follow (who I haven’t gotten acquainted with yet). And I figured maybe you would too.

So, If you’d like to participate, here’s what to do:

  • Write a post about something NEW you learned, or something you tried, did, experienced etc., and also include something NEW you learned about from another site you follow (be sure to link to the other site as well).
  • Please tag your post with “what’s-NEW?”  (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Link (Pingback) your post to this post. That way, I can post all the great NEW stuff going on the following Wednesday for everyone to see.
  • Have fun realizing all the NEW things you do or learn!

Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday!

I recently had a a photo shoot with my old baseball mitt. Yes, it’s my very own mitt that my hubby bought me either shortly before or after we were married – can’t remember. It’s lookin’ pretty old and weathered these days. I can’t say I used it much, but I keep it because…well, just because. Actually, I did use it quite a bit.  Not because I played in very many baseball games, but I played catch with my four boys, quite often, when they were little. :o)

Other random stuff:

I was introduced to a NEW word and a NEW blog recently: Tesserology.  I didn’t know there was an actual word for those bits and pieces that I’m dreaming will grace my garden soon.  I’m slowly working on my ‘Mosaic Garden’ (previous post about that HERE).  It’s on it’s way!  I’ve got the drip system installed and the large flagstone pavers in place.  Now I’ve got to fill in all the spaces with my mosaic designs…and buy/plant the trees, bushes, flowers etc. Unfortunately, the weather decided to turn chilly (well, ok, it IS November). This project might have to wait til spring, but it will happen! Yeah!

Another NEW thing…I’ve bought two NEW maids.

One’s name is Vicki:


The other maid’s name is Molly:


I have a feeling I may feel a bit guilty if they’re working and I’m not.  So I’ve resolved to make sure I’m always doing something productive whenever either of them is working. I’d hate to feel like a lazy mama if they’re doing the work and I’m just sitting around. So I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen! I always have plenty of items on my to-do list, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

So, that’s it for today’s miscellaneous randomness.  Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!






a NEW short Sunday sermon



“Spiritual light rarely comes to those who merely sit in darkness waiting for someone to flip a switch. It takes an act of faith to open our eyes to the Light of Christ. Spiritual light cannot be discerned by carnal eyes.”

—Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Hope of God’s Light

This quote reminded me of an experience that I think I’ll share for my short Sunday sermon.  It’s not as short as is typical, but not terribly long.  Hope you can stay awake! :o)

Our extended family had a family reunion, oh, about a decade ago now! For one of the activities, we rode our bikes through the Snoqualmie Pass tunnel.  If I remember correctly, the tunnel is about 2 miles long. Before entering the tunnel, I had everyone stop and pose for this photo:


As soon as the shutter clicked, the kids were OFF…quickly!!!  They were excited to get going and they did not want to wait for me to put my camera away or wait for me to get on my bike!  I was the last one in the tunnel and all the others (with their flashlights) were quite a ways ahead of me. My flashlight must have been pretty weak because I remember basically riding in total darkness.  All I could see was a faint red reflector from my son’s bike quite a ways ahead of me.  I thought those 2 miles would never come to an end! I’d be riding and feel like I’d almost run into the side wall of the tunnel, then correct my course, and then feel like I would almost hit the other side! I was vacillating like that the entire ride. It was miserable!

Finally, there was a light at the end of the tunnel (literally!). We had a nice picnic lunch and prepared our bikes for the journey back.  This time, everyone waited for everyone to be ready.  We rode our bikes in a little ways and stopped until everyone’s eyes had adjusted to the darkness.  Then we all stayed together and it was amazing how different that ride was! It was fun!  I could actually see where I was going!

We traveled home from our reunion and arrived home on a Saturday.  The next day in church, I reflected on my experience. I felt strongly that I am blessed to have the light of the gospel in my life.  I feel like having the gospel is like our return ride, back through the tunnel.  I can see clearly. I know my Heavenly Father’s Plan for us. Alternatively, I think if I didn’t have the light of the gospel, it would be more like the first ride where I was in total darkness.  I’d probably be vacillating back and forth from one theological idea to the next. Not knowing which way to go. I felt very blessed and peaceful to have the knowledge that I have.

So! That’s my personal analogy about Spiritual Light.  I think I’ll always remember that ride through the tunnel!

Have a great day!  Do or learn something NEW!

ps  I understand the tunnel is closed to hikers, bikers etc now. Here’s an article about it HERE.